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    The Mandarin is the arch enemy of Iron Man. A remarkable genius with both earthly and extraterrestrial technology, the Mandarin is also an exceptional athlete, swordsman, and martial artist.

    New 'Iron Man 3' Movie Poster Featuring The Mandarin Revealed

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    May third is just around the corner which means the closer we get to the release of the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie, the more footage, teasers and posters of actors we will get to see as well. Earlier today the latest Iron Man 3 movie poster was unveiled, giving us an even closer look at actor Ben Kinsley as the Mandarin. The image showcases his costume which appears to be a cross between something Fidel Castro (those sunglasses and army fatigues are pretty rad) and someone out of Imperial China would wear. There are a few details in the image that are worth noting.

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    First, it seems Mandarin has a thing for collecting military dog tags, hence the collection of tags casually draped on his right side. What could that possibly mean? The character is also sporting a ring on each of his fingers which will likely be critical to the role of the character in the movie in general. What do you think, though? Do you like the Mandarin's look? Does he look menacing enough to break Tony Stark? Has Iron Man finally met his match? We will have to wait and see.

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    #1  Edited By TommytheHitman

    This

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    #2  Edited By Onemoreposter

    Idk, his costume almost looks too.....hip? Also, am I the only one who'd rather the "MANDARIN" be Chinese? Don't get me wrong, I like Kinsley and I'm sure he'll be terrific. However, I can't help but feel Kinsley landed this role through some sort of weird pseudo-reverse racism.

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    #3  Edited By Phaedrusgr

    HE DA MAN...

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    #4  Edited By ccraft

    @TommytheHitman: My exact thought!

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    #5  Edited By impossibilly

    This Mandarin kind of looks like the homeless guy that sleeps in the park in my neighborhood. Where's his shopping cart?

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    #6  Edited By StrangeMan

    Dem glasses

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    #7  Edited By The Average Bear

    He looks like he's saying, 'Way too hungover for this crap right now"

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    #8  Edited By daltonmunnal

    @Onemoreposter said:

    Idk, his costume almost looks too.....hip? Also, am I the only one who'd rather the "MANDARIN" be Chinese? Don't get me wrong, I like Kinsley and I'm sure he'll be terrific. However, I can't help but feel Kinsley landed this role through some sort of weird pseudo-reverse racism.

    Ben Kingsley is a pretty big melting pot of foreign races (his birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji), but I do get the impression that they were afraid to cast somebody noticeably foreign as a terrorist. Kingsley is great, but I am indeed annoyed by it. I don't always care when a character isn't cast properly for their race, but he's called the freakin' Mandarin.

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    #9  Edited By nappystr8

    Ben Kingsley is a boss.

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    #10  Edited By kennybaese

    @DaltonMunnal said:

    @Onemoreposter said:

    Idk, his costume almost looks too.....hip? Also, am I the only one who'd rather the "MANDARIN" be Chinese? Don't get me wrong, I like Kinsley and I'm sure he'll be terrific. However, I can't help but feel Kinsley landed this role through some sort of weird pseudo-reverse racism.

    Ben Kingsley is a pretty big melting pot of foreign races (his birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji), but I do get the impression that they were afraid to cast somebody noticeably foreign as a terrorist. Kingsley is great, but I am indeed annoyed by it. I don't always care when a character isn't cast properly for their race, but he's called the freakin' Mandarin.

    I seriously doubt that they will ever refer to his character as "The Mandarin" in the movie, so I'm kind of okay with it.

    I really can't make up my mind on this costume though. I think it kind of looks super goofy.

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    #11  Edited By Kairan1979
    @impossibilly: I agree. Mandarin should look more regal.
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    #12  Edited By Teerack

    eh.

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    #13  Edited By impossibilly

    @The Average Bear said:

    He looks like he's saying, 'Way too hungover for this crap right now"

    All that incense can't be helping his headache, but something has to cover up the smell of last night's party.

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    #14  Edited By Gonzo33
    In this photo you can see a Cap style helmet and Iron man's helmet under Mandarin's boot.
    In this photo you can see a Cap style helmet and Iron man's helmet under Mandarin's boot.
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    Need to see him in action before I can decide. Also wasn't the terrorist organisation called The Ten Rings? Was this a teaser for Mandarin?

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    #16  Edited By MrMazz

    Ok that looks kinda boss

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    #17  Edited By Omega Ray Jay

    I like it, very terroristy

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    #18  Edited By StMichalofWilson

    @TommytheHitman said:

    This

    BOSS!!!

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    That is pretty cool

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    #21  Edited By judasnixon

    I want that outfit so bad! I would wear it all the time.....

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    #22  Edited By OmgOmgWtfWtf

    *sigh* I really wished Hollywood would actually hire an ASIAN person to play an ASIAN role. Would it be that difficult for you Hollywood to not race bend shit once in a while? Thank you. Sincerely, an Asian person.

    EDIT: When I mean Asian, I mean an Asian who fits the role of the MANDARIN. So please to all you people out there shouting Ben Kingsley is Asian. Think to yourself does he fit the role of the MANDARIN? You might as well say the Last Airbender was racially okay because they had Indian people in it. So please people, think before you respond to me. Because I clearly don't like dealing with stupid people, and if you're not the type to like being called stupid. Don't respond to this post, unless it's meaningful.

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    #23  Edited By KnightRise

    SWAG

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    #24  Edited By Lykida

    It's really not so easy to say. I like his coat, hate the glasses and don't really get the camouflage look. And when it comes to the race, I think they might provide a good reason why he's called the Mandarin though he doesn't look so asian after all.

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    @OmgOmgWtfWtf said:

    *sigh* I really wished Hollywood would actually hire an ASIAN person to play an ASIAN role. Would it be that difficult for you Hollywood to not race bend shit once in a while? Thank you. Sincerely, an Asian person.

    I'm not asian, but I wholeheartedly agree. I like Ben Kingsly and all, but he does not look the part at all. Why does Hollywood insist on changing the appearance of characters for the worst?

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    #26  Edited By OmgOmgWtfWtf

    @Xenozoic Shaman: Hollywood thinks it too risky to hire people outside the norm. So instead of taking the risk they just butcher movies because they know they will make money irregardless T.T

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    I kinda like this look

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    #28  Edited By ma_rc_01

    @Xenozoic Shaman said:

    @OmgOmgWtfWtf said:

    *sigh* I really wished Hollywood would actually hire an ASIAN person to play an ASIAN role. Would it be that difficult for you Hollywood to not race bend shit once in a while? Thank you. Sincerely, an Asian person.

    I'm not asian, but I wholeheartedly agree. I like Ben Kingsly and all, but he does not look the part at all. Why does Hollywood insist on changing the appearance of characters for the worst?

    I'm sorry but Ben Kingsley looks like every race ever. Did you see Prince of Persia the movie?

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    #30  Edited By CTG

    @Gonzo33: That's clearly Iron Man's helmet under his boot. Thanks for the heads up though!

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    #31  Edited By Decept-O

    Not too keen on Mandarin as a choice of villain but Kingsley looks imposing here.

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    @Onemoreposter:

    Isn't Kingsley half-Asian though? He isn't full Caucasian, so I'm not sure the reverse-racism would apply in this case.

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    #33  Edited By krilling

    Looks like s#!t.

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    #34  Edited By Miss_Garrick

    Well, Ben Kingsly hasn't failed me yet. Here's keeping my fingers crossed that this will work.

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    #35  Edited By mattwing87

    He looks bad ass even though he's not Chinese! He doesn't look like someone who would wield magic though.

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    #36  Edited By sora_thekey

    @Oscars94 said:

    Need to see him in action before I can decide. Also wasn't the terrorist organisation called The Ten Rings? Was this a teaser for Mandarin?

    Yes.

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    #37  Edited By TDK_1997

    He doesn't give a f@#k!

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    The more I look at it, the better it looks. I want that coat :) I can see this becoming his look in the comics (if it hasn't already). And I'm totally fine with Ben Kingsley. According to Mandarin's origin:

    "His father was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan, and his mother was a British aristocrat."

    EDIT: Just realized he's got a little Alan Moore going on.

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    #39  Edited By GothamRed

    Mandarin will be straight up pimpin' in Iron Man 3

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    #40  Edited By Jenkale

    @Onemoreposter: its not reverse racism its just racism. its as bad as Premium Rush which has a chinese cast that plays a huge role in the plot of the movie, but are they in the trailer? nope

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    #41  Edited By Jenkale

    further proof this is going to be a train wreck. will wait for dvd and just laugh and shake my head at the ridiculousness. shades on the mandarin? really??! he looks like an eccentric drug dealer

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    #42  Edited By GR2Blackout

    THE MANDARIN RAP

    Lookin' like a true terrorist in my throne, get ready Iron Man, I hereby say you'll be owned!

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    #43  Edited By Crackdown

    See to me, it looks like he's wearing Tony's glasses, like he is mocking Iron Man.

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    #44  Edited By Crackdown

    @OmgOmgWtfWtf said:

    *sigh* I really wished Hollywood would actually hire an ASIAN person to play an ASIAN role. Would it be that difficult for you Hollywood to not race bend shit once in a while? Thank you. Sincerely, an Asian person.

    Last I checked, India was in Asia, making up a large part of it

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    #45  Edited By joshmightbe

    Needs to lose the shades but other than that pretty good

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    #46  Edited By OmgOmgWtfWtf

    @Crackdown: last time i checked Mandarin wasn't Indian. So my point still stands.

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    #47  Edited By ragdollpurps

    Looking pretty swanky, I dig it.

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    #48  Edited By impossibilly

    After seeing this poster, I wonder if the Mandarin will still be an Asian character in the movie, or instead be an American or English ex-pat who has relocated to China.

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    #49  Edited By JamDamage

    Normally I'd say they should have gone with the national decent of the character but it's Ben F*&KING KIngsley. Sir Ben. He's looks awsome. I just wonder how they're going to apply the rings, and will we get to see all the 10 of them in action. I have hopes for this movie.

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    #50  Edited By lostlantern13

    @OmgOmgWtfWtf said:

    *sigh* I really wished Hollywood would actually hire an ASIAN person to play an ASIAN role. Would it be that difficult for you Hollywood to not race bend shit once in a while? Thank you. Sincerely, an Asian person.

    EDIT: When I mean Asian, I mean an Asian who fits the role of the MANDARIN. So please to all you people out there shouting Ben Kingsley is Asian. Think to yourself does he fit the role of the MANDARIN? You might as well say the Last Airbender was racially okay because they had Indian people in it. So please people, think before you respond to me. Because I clearly don't like dealing with stupid people, and if you're not the type to like being called stupid. Don't respond to this post, unless it's meaningful.

    The loophole for Marvel would be...this is influenced by the Ultimate Universe, so what's Ultimate Mandarin look like (I've never seen Ultimate Mandarin, so I can't speak to that).

    On the movie side of things, Ben Kingsley's a great actor and I trust Marvel's casting....but this would've been my Mandarin.

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